Sinner Man

Sinner Man tells the story of small town insurance-peddler Don Barshter, and how after a few too many drinks, inadvertently murders his wife following an errant strike.  Rather than call the police and turn himself in, Don decides to cram his wife’s body into a closet and flee town.  It’s during his aimless travels that…

Easy Death

The good folks at Hard Case have served up a heaping helping of holiday hell in the form of Daniel Boyd’s heist novel, Easy Death.  The story follows two hired goons charged with the unenviable task of robbing an armoured truck just days before Christmas.  Will they succeed in their mission or will a brutal…

Borderline

I wonder if Juarez and El Paso were inspirations for George Lucas when he created the town of Mos Eisley as the two border towns are both wretched hives of scum and villainy. Seeing the public eye for the first time in over fifty years, and released through renowned publisher Hard Case Crime, Borderline (originally…

Lucky At Cards

William Maynard, a former magician turned card shark, was run out of Chicago following a botched poker scheme.  Following a nasty dust up, Bill befriends a dentist and finds himself with an invitation to a low stakes card game.  It’s there that he meets Joyce, the sultry wife of tax lawyer Murray Rogers.  Before long,…

A Diet of Treacle

An alternate title could have been “Drugs Are Bad” or “Hasty Decisions are not Recommended”.  While they’re not as eye catching or as hip as “A Diet of Treacle”, they still sum up the story pretty accurately. Joe and Shank have a strange living arrangement.  Sharing an apartment in the West Village, Shank supports Joe…

Little Girl Lost

Richard Aleas’ Little Girl Lost A long lost love of private investigator, John Blake, turns up dead on the roof of a seedy strip club in New York. As he investigates the circumstances surrounding her death, Blake uncovers a life that he never imagined possible for his high school sweetheart.John Blake works with Leo, a…